# Download the latest Ravencoin wallet from [https://github.com/RavenProject/Ravencoin/releases Ravencoin github] or [https://ravencoin.org/wallet/ Ravencoin official website]. Install it and get a receiving address. Be sure to [[FAQ#How_do_I_backup_my_wallet.dat_file.3F|back up your wallet]]. Remember to check the '''[[Mining#Best_Practices | Best Practices]]''' page to keep your coins safe. Note: do not use special characters for your passphrase when encrypting the wallet.
# Select a pool from the '''[[Pools]]''' page. Broadly speaking, your mining rewards should average out over time, whether you join a large pool or a small one. Please consider pointing your miner(s) at smaller pools so as to distribute the hashrate and improve network health/security. You can [https://ravencoin.network/pools check pool sizes here]. Choosing a pool near your geographic location is suggested.
# Download a GPU miner. Several are available, but for the purposes of this quick start guide, we are going to use official open-source miner [https://github.com/RavenCommunity/kawpowminer/releases kawpowminer], There are other miners available, like [https://github.com/trexminer/t-rex/releases T-Rex] (Nvidia)
, [https://github.com/NebuTech/NBMiner/releases NBMiner] (Nvidia+AMD) , [https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5025783.0 TT-Miner] (Nvidia) , [https://github.com/develsoftware/GMinerRelease/releases GMiner] (Nvidia) , [https://github.com/nanopool/nanominer/releases nanominer] (AMD) , and [https://github.com/zealot-rvn/z-enemy/releases z-enemy] (Nvidia). Please note that all of those alternative miners are closed source and should be used at your own risk. Best practice: do not use closed source mining software on a machine containing personal or sensitive data.
# Extract the kawpowminer folder, there is no .bat file included, so we'll have to make one ourselves. Create a text-file, and rename it to RVN.bat (make sure it's not RVN.bat.txt - you may have to [https://www.howtogeek.com/205086/beginner-how-to-make-windows-show-file-extensions/ disable "hide extensions for known file types"] on Windows). Edit the newly created .bat (right click the file and select edit).
kawpowminer -U -P stratum+tcp://<WALLET_ADDR><.WORKER><:PASSWORD>@HOSTNAME:PORT